Feel free – in an acceptable way   9/2/2014

Mark Steyn is tempted to unleash violence against those who support free speech – provided it is agreeable free speech. Great writing, as usual.

I’ve always been in favor of freedom of expression, but lately I’ve become a free-speech absolutist. It takes all sorts to make a world and I’ve met a lot of them over the years, and I can stand pretty much anything anyone says about anything — until someone says to me, “You can’t say that.” At which point my inclination is to punch his lights out. I do this not just because I’m a violent psychopath with a hair-trigger temper, but to make the important point that in societies where you’re not free to speak your mind — to argue and debate — the only way to express disagreement is through violence.

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4 Comments for 'Feel free – in an acceptable way'

    10/2/2014 | 4:17 pm

    Do you support the Victorian Liberal government banning protesting Bernie?

    Bernard Slattery
    10/2/2014 | 7:26 pm

    I don’t if the protesters aren’t breaking the law.

    10/2/2014 | 10:05 pm

    Then you’d agree free speech is being attacked by hypocrites on both sides of politics.

    Bernard Slattery
    11/2/2014 | 1:43 am

    WYou’d have to be more specific to get my agreement

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